Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


CAPCA Logo white 250x130

We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains who operate primarily on the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast of the United States.

Although our captains' licenses range from small passenger vessels to oceangoing ships, the bulk of our members operate boats of 100 tons or less—such as tourboats, water-taxis, towboats, and charterboats. Some also work as instructors and delivery captains for transporting recreational boats between ports.


REGISTER NOW for 2019 Continuing Education courses. Click on menu tab "Classes." CAPCA members must log in and register on the member side of the website to receive the member discounted price.

Captain shadowHire a Captain

Looking for a Coast Guard-licensed captain to serve as an operator or a crewmember for your vessel? We have many and they're ready to serve you. With one free request, you can reach all of our members.

Read more ...

Class shadow

Maritime Classes

CAPCA offers an array of maritime-oriented classes that are open to the public, from marine electricity and radar operation to medical emergencies at sea and basic offshore safety and survival.

Read more ...

MMC shadow 


Do you have a current U.S. Coast Guard captain's license or USCG Document of Continuity? If so, we invite you to join us. You don’t have to be working as a captain or crew member to join CAPCA. A valid license or a Document of Continuity and being interested in maritime issues is all we require

Read more ...

November 26 Meeting Summary

The annual business and dinner meeting was attended by 53 members, which constituted the quorum required to elect new officers and approve the 2019 budget. The people serving in new positions will assume their duties January 1, 2019.

Thank you to the new members who volunteered to take on these positions, and Bravo Zulu to "retiring" members Rick Perri (Jobs) and Art Pine (Communication).


Jobs Program Director: Kevin Miller (joined 2018)

Communication Director: Frank Mummert (joined 2017)

Appointed Assistants to the Board:

Communication Assistant: Suzanne Mummert (joined 2017)

Programs and Events Assistant: Thomas Ottenwaelder (joined 2018)

Speakers Bureau Coordinator: Corey Mitchell (joined 2018)

Assistant Log Editor: Adam Yearwood (joined 2016)

Meet the Captain Editor: Adam Yearwood

2018  Year-End Summary: overview, budget 2018 and 2019, jobs program and crew registry program, 2019 speakers. Click HERE to view the PDF.



CAPCA meeting

Join us at our monthly meetings where you can meet our captains, find out more about CAPCA, and hear interesting guest speakers.

Click here for meeting details.

MMC shadowWhy earn a captain's license?

  • use your boat to carry passengers for hire
  • enjoy a discount on marine insurance for your boat
  • required for many full- or part-time maritime jobs
  • acquire a comprehensive knowledge of navigation and rules of the road

Click here to read a description of the process for earning a captain's license.

carrick bendCAPCA Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains.

    After you submit the form, our speaker’s bureau coordinator will get back to you soon.

Our members have a wealth of experience—on the water and in classrooms—that gives them the knowledge and background to provide guest-speaker presentations on a host of maritime-related topics, from seamanship and navigation to radio operation and basic first aid for boaters. Let us know a topic that interests you, and we’ll take it from there.

CAPCA provides this as a public service to the maritime community. There's no speaking fee or charge.

carrick bend